Arsene Wenger’s great dream of producing a reserve team that can regularly beat Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United’s first team is almost ready to be unleashed on the world, but not quite.
Last night we went out with no Almunia, no Gallas, no Djourou, a clearly only half-working Sagna, no Clichy, no Van Persie, no Rosicky, no Eduardo, no Theo, no Ade.
In their places were a few first teamers and a bunch of reserves, and we took Liverpool to a 4-4 draw. The dream is almost there, and with luck we will make it happen next season. Two Arsenal teams, both capable of winning the title.
My friends and I went to the ground in our body armour, as befits a visit to Liverpool, and were turned away at the gate. Fortunately we had taken a translator with us who speaks “Wak” (the local lingo) and she pointed out that the man Carragher would be there, and that he had a track record of missile throwing from the pitch into a crowd of Arsenal supporters. But Liverpuddle people are not known for their ability to negotiate and so we had to divest ourselves of our gear before entering.
In the ground what struck me about the supporters of this team is their limited knowledge of tactics, and the finer points of off side rulings, but I suppose they are happy in whatever way people in the north west can be happy.
Fortunately we remembered to park ten miles outside the area in order to preserve the Rolls, but it proved to be impossible to get a taxi into the Anfield area (which is a very run down part of town) – it seems the cabbies have found that their hub caps and wheels can be removed in that area while they letting out their fare, so they don’t go there any more.
So we walked in, dodging the muggers, and eventually had a very jolly game, and we left to find our car safe and sound, and to ruminate on the issue of what might be next season. General consensus was that Arshavin played quite well.
(The truth is I have lost my voice and have injured both legs from jumping up and down, but one must put up with such minor matters as one endeavours to deliver a balanced report).
One other thing – I thought that Fabianski was bloody amazing last night. After being tortured by the slow running bumpy ploughed field at Wembley and by the commentators who don’t know anything about grass formations, he showed astounding guts, determination and style last night. Good one.
(c) Eeep Up Wak Keep Kalm Keep Kalm 2009
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